Mike Babbitt, of Montana Babbitt was geared up and ready to fish for red salmon on the Kenai River near Soldotna Creek Park on Wednesday.  "I come ever year," he said. "It has been really good (fishing) this year."

Mike Babbitt, of Montana Babbitt was geared up and ready to fish for red salmon on the Kenai River near Soldotna Creek Park on Wednesday. "I come ever year," he said. "It has been really good (fishing) this year."

Anglers come from near and far to fish the Kenai

Tom Pelfrey, Wasilla

Pelfrey, and a group were dragging a cooler of sockeye salmon up the shore toward Cunningham Park after a guided personal use fishing trip. He said he wasn’t sure if he would go rod and reel fishing for sockeye salmon after a wildly successful morning of dip netting. Between the occupants of the boat, they netted 106 sockeye.

“It wasn’t crowded this morning, but it started to pick up this afternoon,” he said.

Scott Cramer, of Nikiski

Cramer said he was fishing at Cunningham Park to have a relaxing afternoon by the river on his day off.

“It’s my second day of fishing for the season,” he said. “No luck yet today. I’ve seen a few jumping. I think the boat is the trick. If you’ve got a boat, you’ve got it made.”

Mike Babbitt, of Montana

Babbitt was geared up and ready to fish for red salmon on the Kenai River near Soldotna Creek Park on Wednesday.

“I come ever year,” he said. “It has been really good (fishing) this year.”

Matt Scheib, of Wasilla

Scheib and a group of friends were dragging a cooler of sockeye salmon up the shoreline Wednesday after a guided personal use fishing trip. He said he wasn’t sure if he’d fish again for red salmon during the 2015 season.

“I think I’ve got enough,” he said. “My wife says I got enough.”

Delmar Royal, Kenai

Royal stood on the bank of the Kenai River fishing for salmon. He said he didn’t know the sockeye salmon bag and possession limits had been upped but probably wouldn’t target the higher number of fish.

“I’m just out to have fun,” he said. “I got the day off.”

Chad Thurston, of Montana

Thurston and a group of friends headed down to the Kenai River from Soldotna Creek Park in anticipation of landing red salmon.

“We’ve had a couple of good days and a couple of off days,” he said of the group’s six days of fishing. “We’re going to try for six (red salmon) today.”

John Kruger, of Kenai

At Cunningham Park on Wednesday, Kruger said he was fishing for king salmon from the shore and didn’t know that the Alaska Department of Fish and Game had upped the sockeye salmon bag and possession limits on the Kenai River on Wednesday morning.

“It’s looking like a third year of them dribbling in,” he said. “It’s not because of the way they’re being fished, you just can’t set your watch by them. If I get three, I’ll be happy.”

Alex Douthit, Salmon Buster’s Guide Service

Douthit dropped a group of personal use fishermen off at Cunningham Park and was waiting for another to arrive.

“People seem more interested in king salmon than reds,” he said. “Today is my last dipnet fishing trip for the year.”

Scott Cramer, of Nikiski Cramer said he was fishing at Cunningham Park to have a relaxing afternoon by the river on his day off.  "It's my second day of fishing for the season," he said. "No luck yet today. I've seen a few jumping. I think the boat is the trick. If you've got a boat, you've got it made."

Scott Cramer, of Nikiski Cramer said he was fishing at Cunningham Park to have a relaxing afternoon by the river on his day off. “It’s my second day of fishing for the season,” he said. “No luck yet today. I’ve seen a few jumping. I think the boat is the trick. If you’ve got a boat, you’ve got it made.”

Tom Pelfrey, Wasilla Pelfrey, and a group were dragging a cooler of sockeye salmon up the shore toward Cunningham Park after a guided personal use fishing trip. He said he wasn't sure if he would go rod and reel fishing for sockeye salmon after a wildly successful morning of dip netting. Between the occupants of the boat, they netted 106 sockeye.   "It wasn't crowded this morning, but it started to pick up this afternoon," he said. "

Tom Pelfrey, Wasilla Pelfrey, and a group were dragging a cooler of sockeye salmon up the shore toward Cunningham Park after a guided personal use fishing trip. He said he wasn’t sure if he would go rod and reel fishing for sockeye salmon after a wildly successful morning of dip netting. Between the occupants of the boat, they netted 106 sockeye. “It wasn’t crowded this morning, but it started to pick up this afternoon,” he said. “

Alex Douthit, Salmon Buster's Guide Service Douthit dropped a group of personal use fishermen off at Cunningham Park and was waiting for another to arrive.  "People seem more interested in king salmon than reds," he said. "Today is my last dipnet fishing trip for the year."

Alex Douthit, Salmon Buster’s Guide Service Douthit dropped a group of personal use fishermen off at Cunningham Park and was waiting for another to arrive. “People seem more interested in king salmon than reds,” he said. “Today is my last dipnet fishing trip for the year.”

Brian Nordwick, Montana Nordwick and his friends geared up for red salmon fishing, excited to try for their newly liberalized limit of six sockeye salmon.  "We're diehards, even though it's raining," he said. "We were hoping it would scare some people off, but it looks pretty busy here."

Brian Nordwick, Montana Nordwick and his friends geared up for red salmon fishing, excited to try for their newly liberalized limit of six sockeye salmon. “We’re diehards, even though it’s raining,” he said. “We were hoping it would scare some people off, but it looks pretty busy here.”

Chad Thurston, of Montana Thurston and a group of friends headed down to the Kenai River from Soldotna Creek Park in anticipation of landing red salmon.  "We've had a couple of good days and a couple of off days," he said of the group's six days of fishing. "We're going to try for six (red salmon) today."

Chad Thurston, of Montana Thurston and a group of friends headed down to the Kenai River from Soldotna Creek Park in anticipation of landing red salmon. “We’ve had a couple of good days and a couple of off days,” he said of the group’s six days of fishing. “We’re going to try for six (red salmon) today.”

Delmar Royal, Kenai Royal stood on the bank of the Kenai River fishing for salmon. He said he didn't know the sockeye salmon bag and possession limits had been upped but probably wouldn't target the higher number of fish.  "I'm just out to have fun," he said. "I got the day off."

Delmar Royal, Kenai Royal stood on the bank of the Kenai River fishing for salmon. He said he didn’t know the sockeye salmon bag and possession limits had been upped but probably wouldn’t target the higher number of fish. “I’m just out to have fun,” he said. “I got the day off.”

John Kruger, of Kenai At Cunningham Park on Wednesday, Kruger said he was fishing for king salmon from the shore and didn't know that the Alaska Department of Fish and Game had upped the sockeye salmon bag and possession limits on the Kenai River on Wednesday morning.  "It's looking like a third year of them dribbling in," he said. "It's not because of the way they're being fished, you just can't set your watch by them. If I get three, I'll be happy."

John Kruger, of Kenai At Cunningham Park on Wednesday, Kruger said he was fishing for king salmon from the shore and didn’t know that the Alaska Department of Fish and Game had upped the sockeye salmon bag and possession limits on the Kenai River on Wednesday morning. “It’s looking like a third year of them dribbling in,” he said. “It’s not because of the way they’re being fished, you just can’t set your watch by them. If I get three, I’ll be happy.”

Matt Scheib, of Wasilla Scheib and a group of friends were dragging a cooler of sockeye salmon up the shoreline Wednesday after a guided personal use fishing trip. He said he wasn't sure if he'd fish again for red salmon during the 2015 season.  "I think I've got enough," he said. "My wife says I got enough."

Matt Scheib, of Wasilla Scheib and a group of friends were dragging a cooler of sockeye salmon up the shoreline Wednesday after a guided personal use fishing trip. He said he wasn’t sure if he’d fish again for red salmon during the 2015 season. “I think I’ve got enough,” he said. “My wife says I got enough.”

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